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If You Dig It Up, Drain It, Then Sod It, They Will Come

We're seeing green again, finally, at Brookdale Park, where the $1 million drainage project appears to be entering its final stages. Industrial quantities of sod were being laid out and sprinkled, and even attracting an audience. At least it's not all plastic.

May 10, 2006 in Seen around town | Permalink


My wife and I saw 2 large trucks, hauling sod on Glenwood Avenue yesterday.

They were stopped in the road, perhaps pondering the wisdom of trying to drive under the railroad bridge that spans Glenwood Ave.

I bet they were heading towards Brookdale park.

Posted by: RadonMan | May 10, 2006 12:55:15 PM

A realtor is showing a young ex-Manhattanite couple one of the new homes at Crisco.

The eager couple is telling Barbara some of the options they'd like the builder to install.

"we'd like the bathtub Jacuzzi" says the wife.

The realtor notes it on her clip board and walks over to the nearest window, opens it and yells down "GREEN SIDE UP!"

"We must have the granite counters"

The realtor opens the kitchen window, "GREEN SIDE UP!"

"oh, oh and a Wolf stove!"

Again the realtor yells, "GREEN....SIDE....UUUUP!"

This continues and finally the husband asks "no matter what we order you yell the same thing to those people outside, what gives?"

The realtor says, "huh? Oh, dear, they've hired some Baristanet.com posters to lay sod, that's all...."

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 10, 2006 1:02:08 PM

Where exactly is Brookdale Park anyway?

Posted by: D | May 10, 2006 1:08:45 PM

D, are you kidding?

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 10, 2006 1:09:58 PM

Reminds me of a 'funny' story..

Our properties were being re-sodded after the EPA cleanup on our street. The guys doing my neigbors yard actually cut holes in the sod so that when it was laid out it would go around some incidental paving stones that had been left in her back yard after the driveway work had been done.

I was floored when I saw what they did, just floored. Here was all this beautiful, deep green, new sod and poking out every here and there a Belgian Block paver..

It was just too strange for words..

Posted by: RadonMan | May 10, 2006 1:17:59 PM

Brookdale park in located between Bloomfield and Montclair. There is one entrance on Belleville Ave. a block up from Broad St./Shop Rite.

There is another entrance along Watchung a block up from the Watchung/Broad Street intersection.

And yet another entrance on Grove St. in Montclair.

Its a big park, with tennis courts, a rose garden, a playground - sometime the ice cream man stops by. Its a fun place.

Posted by: hrhppg | May 10, 2006 1:18:01 PM

ROC? C'mon I knew someone would bust my chops about it. No, I am sorry, but I am not kidding. Actually now seing the description I am very well aware of Brookdale park, but I didn't realize that was it. I am confused. Is this the same park that all the posts about 'baseball fields' and 'saving the trees' was about?

Posted by: D | May 10, 2006 1:21:33 PM

hrhppg, you forgat the entrance at the north end of Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge.

Posted by: RadonMan | May 10, 2006 1:22:14 PM

The baseball and tree area is not a park at all. It is "Woodman Field" and is school property.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 10, 2006 1:25:33 PM

"I'm a lazy sod..." --Johnny Rotten

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 10, 2006 1:27:42 PM

AH, that is what I was thinking of! When the next article about Woodman field comes up then I will ask where that is. I knew where Brookdale park was all along. I just got confused for a second. Thanks for setting me straight.

Posted by: D | May 10, 2006 1:31:33 PM

Will they finish in time for the cars to drive over it to park for the concerts? Or just in time for the soccer school business to use it?

Posted by: Johnny | May 10, 2006 1:37:37 PM


Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 10, 2006 1:43:57 PM

ROC: That should be the new NJ slogan!

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 10, 2006 1:49:09 PM

Are you sure that is Brookdale Park? It looks very much like the recent resoding at Anderson Park - also reportedly a $1 million project.

Posted by: Byron | May 10, 2006 2:52:49 PM

Byron, I took the pictures myself.

Posted by: The Barista | May 10, 2006 2:54:41 PM

Were you in a hot air balloon? In a tree?

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 10, 2006 3:24:11 PM


I don't get the joke re. "Barbara Lewis." Is she someone you know? Won't she be upset about your use of her name?

Posted by: carya | May 10, 2006 6:47:53 PM

So much for conserving water...

Posted by: Incorrigible Enigma | May 11, 2006 8:10:43 AM


She's a very famous realtor in these parts. Why would she be bothered by my using her name?

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 11, 2006 8:23:35 AM

oh, and to clear up any confusion you might have. It was a joke, none of it is true. I made the whole thing up.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 11, 2006 8:29:47 AM


I am sure she has no connection to crisco, I was just trying to make it more funny with a local celeb. She'd have my apologies if she took offense.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 11, 2006 8:36:10 AM

I see your point.

I'll ask Barista to change it to "a realtor".

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 11, 2006 8:40:59 AM

In a truly just universe, ROC, there might just be no "famous" realtors at all.

Posted by: cathar | May 11, 2006 8:58:35 AM

I believe that the sprinkler system and resodding is because of a Green Acres grant the Montclair United Soccer Club received.

When voters approved green acres funding, were they picturing recreation facilities or more natural areas preserved?

Why doesn't someone apply for Green Acres funding for the flood plain in Bloomfield where one developer wanted to build condos. If the land isn't good for building, it should be purchased as a park.

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